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Orphan Block Refugees and Processing Plums

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At first, I was disappointed with paying $30 ( including shipping ) sight unseen for a quilter's lot of orphan blocks from an online auction. Just a few of them pictured above.     After running the lot through bluing in lingerie bags, I think there might be a cute sampler quilt in there. There will be some rehabilitative work on almost all of these blocks, they are in pretty raw shape needing to be trimmed and ironed.  I have two lots coming from shopgoodwill.com, one being mystery fabric ( $53.55 total ) and the other a lot of needlework kits ( $37.56 total ). There is one kit in that needlework lot I will keep and the rest will go up for sale. I will more than make my money back on that group.  Since my two purchases from a new auction site have gone well, one a Girl Scout lot and the other the orphan blocks above, I will place more items on watch for possible bid. This auction site caused me to question because there is no way to contact the host site but so far so

Three Keenes and Mason Jars

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Found the day before my birthday, these three Keene big-eye girl plates joined my collection. I already had the 3-plate hanger from thrift. Not an original oil on canvas, this is the closest I will get to owning a Keene.  Carole at From My Carolina Home posted a comprehensive post about  having-fun-with-mason-jars . Her post prompted me to take a second look at my canning and lidded jars. This is the extent of the embossed ones with raised fruit, a small jam jar and one that holds buttons.  I have quite a few Kerr and Ball canning jars. I hope to make good use of them, if the deer don't decimate my tomato plants.  Reseller's update: As I suspected, the gospel CDs are selling. I have 22 more CDs to list on my next round. A Scooby-Doo tie and a vintage sewing book also sold.  Listing goal for the end of this month to reach the milestone of 450. The bulk of my listings are CDs and sewing patterns.  Fun and only find of the day - this 1963 Good Housekeeping Cookbook. At f

Happy Birthday to Me

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It's my birthday! The birthday image below is from June 1968, celebrating my 10th birthday. I am on the far left wearing the cat-eye glasses.     Earlier in the month, I found this partially finished hydrangea needlepoint ($2 bagged) and discovered it was the companion in a series of another needlepoint I have in progress (the magnolias). I will finish both and frame separately but with matching mats.  A favorite cake from childhood is the Red Velvet Cake. Mom would make it for me each year. I have posted below Mom's version and the Waldorf Astoria version.   Reseller's update: CDs, cassettes and sewing patterns continue to sell. I did my first round of promotional discounts on all of my needlework items and one has sold so far. I have ripped nearly 700 album recordings to my laptop ( yes, I have backed it up ). The older compilations sell, the best of, best hits collections. While I work remotely I listen to my music on shuffle. Here is a trend I am betting on

Altered Sacramento

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I ventured into Sacramento to accomplish a few work tasks I couldn't perform remotely.  It is heartbreaking. I love that city. The damage to the businesses by the riots and looters is much, much worse than has been reported. It looks like a ghetto with block after block of boarded-up windows.  This image is from the Mansion Flats area.  When I go in town next, I will take my camera.  With all of the State workers in absentia , the very life has been sucked out of the city. The only good thing - no traffic.  I didn't expect it to affect me like it did. I left work early because I broke down and cried. I cried over so many things, missing my co-workers, the frustration over the pandemic, the senseless loss of the business owners, the uncertainty of whether there will be a return to on site work.  I am having a tough time accepting the enormity of all of this .

Commando Gardening and Baking on the Barbeque

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Each year I try new methods to deter the deer. The one pictured below is directly under a plum tree dropping ripe fruit.  I plant less and less out in the great wide open for these critters and their daily buffet. This is Year Three, I believe, of a hopeful grape crop from vines now matured. I wrapped the vines in chicken wire last fall and added more chicken wire wrapping for more protection.  My experiment of combining the two vines with a bamboo arch was a Fail . When the deer would grab the vines to eat, the bamboo would break. Chicken wire mummy wrapping seems to be successful for the time being. You can see the year's prior attempts at deer deterrents with cattle fencing ( they crawl under it ) and barbed wire up to 8 feet tall ( they jump over it ).  Much to my surprise, I discovered a surviving rose bush. I planted three of them last spring and by summer they had been deer munched into oblivion. You can barely see it behind the chicken wire and tomato cage

And then there are the scammers

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The majority of my buyers are decent, wonderful people and the transaction goes well, and then there are the scammers. They must lay awake at night thinking evil thoughts like the Grinch.  More than once, a buyer has wanted to communicate outside of eBay wanting me to text or call them. I never do. Eventually, the sale goes unpaid and I have put it through the Resolution Center. The buyer wants to perform some action outside of eBay, pay for the item a different way, who knows.  This latest one takes the cake - or meatloaf as it were. Buyer had a question about a vintage Betty Crocker cookbook, whether it  contained a certain recipe. I communicate to buyer that the recipe is in another later edition of that cookbook, which I also have for sale. I send an image of the recipe, stupidly sent the image of the  ENTIRE  recipe. I never heard from buyer again.   One I had been holding off on posting, because she seemed like such a nice person. This scenario person claimed to be a long-ti

No snappy title

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Drawing a blank for a post title, so unusual for me. Longtime readers know I get a kick out of buying bagged thrifted fabric. This latest $2.99 bag included this sugar skull print I find somewhat disturbing.  Reseller's update: Recent solds include CDs and a vintage Joy of Cooking publication.  Fun find of the day - this vintage 1975 Holly Hobbie cake pan ( 99 cents at thrift ).  Bought this little guy 18" skateboard for $3.50 and listed it for $27. A product outside of my wheelhouse.  https://www.ebay.com/itm/184331015140 I have an upcoming in-person interview for a promotional position with my former department at the State which means I will be heading  in to  Altered  Sacramento. I know the boarded up businesses will be hard for me to see.  In many ways the first half of this year have been difficult for many, many people. I was able to seize the opportunity of time to list a backlog of items for sale. I am more than halfway to my financial goal of eli

Turner-esqe print and why are people so angry?

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This thrift shop print came home with me. I like the vibrancy of color and looks kind of Turner-esque. I even like the frame, understated and quietly beautiful. Photographed at an angle because the print is under glass.   It needed its hanging wire replaced and that was an easy fix. It hangs in my spare bathroom with my  gypsy-hanging-curtain . Reseller's update :  What has sold? Needlework kits and as I suspected would sell, the 8 DVD collection of Woody Allen movies.  I have hit my 400 listings goal on eBay. This round was all of the recently-purchased product. Photographed, checked to ensure the right CD was in the right case and all pieces went with the antelope. I was going to list my treasure chest ceramic bank but now I keep it around to stay focused on my financial goals.  That stack doesn't include the 18 Christmas CDs I have yet to put through the Tami Process and a Totally Extreme mini skateboard.   Covid-related stuff : Now whenever the Mr. and I trave

Bought my first bolt, got my first buck

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My first bolt of fabric, 9+ yards for $6 at thrift! How can I be so fortunate?  Got my first buck - actually described as an Faux Fauna  Avante-Garde Antelope . This might be a keeper.  My patterns for sale fit perfectly in my crate. I want to find more of these.  I have found a new online auction site! So excited to have purchased these two lots recently, $11.50 for the Girl Scout lot and $20.05 for the quilt pieces/blocks.  I have found the Mother Lode of Things That I Like , quilts and quilt blocks, needlework kits, Girl Scout items, craft items and oil paintings. Still relatively undiscovered by other resellers, prices are amazingly low. Nope, I am not going to share the link.  I am returning to work one day a week. After resorting to begging and pleading, I was given that allowance. I need the two monitors  and the ergonomic work station. There are just certain tasks I can't do remotely.  I won't go in if there is social unrest in the city though.  Fun find

Pieces of the Past Quilt

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This quilt truly is comprised of tiny fabric pieces of the past. Both Wanda at  exuberantcolor.blogspot.com ( an esteemed online friend ) and I place the border fabric as a late 1950s-1960s print.  I bought the bag of remnants at a hospice thrift re-opening. I was in a few minutes past the opening time and headed straight for the craft section. I usually pass by the bagged small pieces of fabric but this group caught my eye. The smallest pieces of fabric I combined in crazy quilt fashion for the cornerstones. I saw this technique in a lot of fabric I purchased a few years ago. Mystery quilter had combined pink remnants, I included those pieces in more than one of my quilts.  In the four patches, the fabric cut with pinking shears, originally measured 2.75" and I trimmed them down to 2.5" inches. Only one small remnant of each print, like a snapshot in time. Fabric is such a wonderful medium to work with because it rarely degrades over time if preserved correctly. By p